death certificate

noun

Definition of death certificate

  1. :  an official document that gives information about a person's death (such as when and how the death happened)

Word by Word Definitions

deathplay
  1. :  a permanent cessation of all vital (see vital 2a) functions :  the end of life — compare brain death

    :  an instance of dying

    :  the cause or occasion of loss of life

certificateplay
  1. :  a document containing a certified statement especially as to the truth of something

    :  a document certifying that one has fulfilled the requirements of and may practice in a field

    :  something serving the same end as a certificate

  1. :  to testify to or authorize by a certificate

    :  certify


Law Dictionary

death certificate

noun

Legal Definition of death certificate

  1. :  a document setting forth information (as age, occupation, and place of birth) relating to a dead person and including a doctor's certification of the cause of death

Additional Notes on death certificate

Death certificates are issued by a particular public official, as a city or town clerk. A death certificate is required to document a person's death for certain purposes, as to file an estate tax return or to probate an estate.


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